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Jamaal Charles leaves game following hit

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is tracked down for a 5-yard loss by the San Diego Chargers defense, including Eric Weddle (32), during the first half of a NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers midway through the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chargers linebacker Donald Butler.

Charles had caught a pass over the middle from quarterback Matt Cassell and fought through a tackle by Chargers defensive back Corey Lynch. As he slipped through the attempted tackle, Charles fell backward as Butler came in on Charles from behind. They hit helmet-to-helmet and Charles remained down on the field.

Charles was attended to before walking off under his own power.

UPDATE 12:35 a.m. ET: Charles officially left the game with a neck injury. According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Charles said he felt he could have gone back in but was told he was done for the night.